So as a follow up to the Frost Cam I grabbed the camera and headed out for a training run in what, by Alaska standards, is a heat wave. Much easier to use the camera at 20 above, I got a few more photos then Dan at 20 below. Mushing at 15 to 20 above is rare this time of year. Not quite a treat, as I expect my winter to be… well like winter. But I learned a long time ago that when you dance with Mother Nature she leads. And so off into the warm December I went for a nice long run.
The dogs are looking fit and happy, and enjoying the longer runs. Our young dogs, the Rascals, are all grown up and fitting right in. You can hardly tell them from the seasoned raced dogs when they are all running together. Continue reading →
A wonderful run with the dogs today. It was a crisp -20 F, great training weather. And perfect weather to test out our water-shock-frost-proof camera; although Dan is probably right when he says ‘resistant’ not ‘proof’. In spite of that, Dan managed to take some really nice shots today to share with y’all.
After a day outside at these temps is also the perfect time to thank the folks at Intuition for being a part of Team Dew Claw. We count on the Mukluk liners when we area outside for such long times and such cold temps. Dew Claw tested on multiple Yukon Quest and Iditarod races, we know they work. (yes we both have all our toes with no frostbite injuries).
So without further ado ~ Dan’s photos of our training run today; 26 dogs, 2 mushers, -20F, a beautiful day. Continue reading →
Dr. Van Duine (r) with friend & fellow mushing enthusiast Donna at the start of Iditarod 2013. See what I mean, great smile!
This post begins with a Huge Howl and Mush Thanks to Dr. Kate Van Duine with Alaska Pet Care for joining Team Dew Claw! We are super pleased to be working with Dr. Van Duine** to help ensure Dew Claw dogs get the best care possible….
**Oh heck who am I kidding, I call her Katie, she has the greatest smile ever, and we hug when we meet up at races. And really that leads me to the meat of this post. What role do vets play in the lives of mushers and the dogs they love?
We are so excited with how the fall training video turned out. It was filmed and produced by our very dear friend Erin Trochim of NIRE Productions (http://tiny.cc/qu4x5w).
One of the things I really appreciate about working with Erin is her vision. She has a clear idea of theme and how her projects will feel. But is able to work in such a way that they whole time she was filming I was just going about an average day at the kennel. We talked about my ideas, and what Dan and I wanted to show and share about our lives with the dogs. And everyone involved in the project agreed that dogs are what the focus needed to be on. But she had a very clear idea of how this project would work, and the technical skill to make it happen.
Erin was uniquely qualified for the task of capturing the Dew Claw dogs. She and her partner Matt have been an invaluable help to Dan and I. They are avid ski-jorers who have dogs but will add Dew Claw dogs for fun, in addition to skiing from the kennel they will also run teams with us, help care for the dogs, and even house-sit, no small task around here. They knows theses dogs, their quirks and personalities. As I watch this video that is very apparent to me. The dogs were completely comfortable with Erin filming up close in the yard and on the trail. She caught Yuki’s playful dart & stare, Cricket’s bouncing enthusiasm, Lubock’s aloof confidence, and as she pans the team you can see the dogs trying to get their faces in her camera, “hey Erin what’cha doing?” She captured my kids the way I see them every day, and created this wonderful ‘behind the scenes’ look at what goes into getting the team ready for the race season ahead.
From all of us at Dew Claw mush thanks to NIRE for the giving us the opportunity to share our fall training with our friends and everyone supporting us – Team Dew Claw.
Been meaning to write this post for some time now. First and foremost to thank the newest members of Team Dew Claw, Deb & Hunter Davis, for sponsoring the Nome Checkpoint.
I got an email from Deb asking if the Nome checkpoint was available, and in the email she writes “you may not remember us by name, but we…” and went on to share a memory of a time we met on the trail. It was a wonderfully sweet detail, not surprising from someone as wonderful as Deb. You see, she and her husband have been in Nome helping out (the start as well), and are well aware that mushers are pretty tunnel vision focus around race time, ergo might need a little help in the memory department. Starting with pre-race nerves, lasting through sleepless days and nights of trail, all the way till the adrenaline filled ending. It is all about the dogs! OK at the end it is about getting the dogs taken care of so you can eat and sleep, but even then it is dogs first. So sadly this situation means, for me, I meet some wonderful people who’s names I will never in a thousand years remember*. Continue reading →
New pens; for retired and visiting dogs & stopping unplanned love in the dog yard.
Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. Maya Angelou
This may be true, but as responsible dog owners sometimes we have to do what we can to prevent it. That, and a desire to have a more comfortable place for our retired dogs, were the big motivations behind this fall’s kennel improvement project. Continue reading →